For Immediate Release:
Monday June 13 2016
Ian Schlakman's Campaign Statement on the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando
We want to extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured in this unspeakable act of violence against the LGBTQ community. Everyone on my campaign is simply in shock today. The horrific violence carried out in Orlando is devastating and incomprehensible.
On a personal note, I have many friends and family members in the Orlando area. They are all safe but of course they're as shocked and horrified by this violence as we all are. I want to be clear that I stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and the Orlando area community as they grieve and come to terms with this terrible act of hate that terrorized the community.
Acts of terror and hate can occur in any community. I am very grateful that the LGBTQ community here in Baltimore, specifically the GLCCB, has hotlines and other resources for those here in Baltimore that are traumatized by this event. If you need to talk to someone about this tragedy I implore you to get help and seek community. I personally will be at a candlelight vigil this evening in my City Council district on the corner of Charles Street and North Ave at 7pm. Details about community resources and the event this evening are at the bottom of this statement.
We can expect much national debate in the coming weeks and months about gun violence, terrorism, intolerance, and fundamentalism. All I will say for right now is that everyone deserves to feel safe in their community. I will do my best to help my community here in Baltimore to engage in a strong dialogue that helps us find solutions to stop the violence that plagues the LGBTQ and all of our diverse communities that call Baltimore home.